Here to share an interview with us is KaraLynne Mackrory, JAFF author and new mother for the fifth time in her life. I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to speak with us here on the blog. She also shares with us some juicy tidbits about what she may pursue in her next JAFF book, and I have to say, it has me cheering for her efforts!!
Please enjoy the following interview:
What made you consider writing a P&P paranormal?
I had never thought about writing a paranormal story. In fact the first time I heard “Haunting Mr. Darcy” referred to as a paranormal I thought, “What? It’s not a paranormal!” Then, thinking about Elizabeth being a ghost for much of the book, I laughed to myself as I realized that indeed it was. She was so very real to me while writing it that her ghostly form seemed insignificant.
What inspires you to continue Austen’s work?
Jane Austen wrote such fantastic books, with characters that really seemed to come alive to me. When I picture them in her scenes, I can picture them so well, that it’s really not too hard for me to imagine them in the scenes I create. My continuation of her stories are, I hope, a respectful homage to Jane’s talent.
What do you hope young girls today take away from reading Austen and JAFF?
I am always a bit sad when I hear someone has never experienced Jane Austen – even the movies made after her books. Some people (and I find this totally inconceivable) have never even heard of her. I think Jane Austen’s books are really for all people – young and old, male and female, because if you are looking for romance, it’s there. If you are looking for humor, it’s there. In fact, it is her humor that I find so appealing as I love to laugh. So to answer your question, I hope that readers will take away an ability to find humor and laughter in life. And if a bit of the stirrings of romance come along with it, all the better!
What are your thoughts on “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies?” Do you think after the release of this movie we will see even more paranormal JAFF in our movie theaters, books, etc.?
When I first picked up that book, I had very little experience with JAFF. So, I found it entertaining, silly and perhaps, a little too cheeky to really show respect for Jane Austen’s original work. The movie trailers, I will have to say, look very entertaining. But I have always loved to see Jane Austen’s characters brought to life via the screen.
Now that I have read hundreds of JAFF books, I think I may find P&P&Z a better read than I first did. Being a writer has made me a lot more tolerant of another’s view of Austen’s characters. We are all fans striving to keep her characters alive anyway that we can. Very rarely do I find a JAFF book that I do not enjoy these days. So, do I think there will be more paranormal JAFF in books and theatres after this movie? I hope so, if only because more JAFF at all is a good thing.
Please tell us about your upcoming plans for own JAFF work.
I am taking a short break from writing to enjoy my new little baby boy. But, I have been mulling over another book idea I started to write a few years ago. It’s different from my other books in some ways and will be a bold new JAFF that has not been done before. In my mind, its hilarious, flirty and fun. Writing each new book has challenged me in different ways and this one, I think, will be my greatest challenge so far, but if I can pull it off the way I want to, it could be my favorite. That’s all I can say for now as I am still putting together the details.
Thanks KaraLynne for joining us at Just Jane 1813, where I look forward to reviewing your other JAFF books! Congratulations to your family on the birth of your son!